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As such, the strictness of the rules in true restoration is that even though you hate that green or red interior, you cannot change it. The same holds true with that Burnt Orange or the Arctic Blue paint. For this reason, the creative ways of custom cars holds a definite appeal. If you buy an orange Corvette with green interior, and hate the color, you can repaint it black with a white interior, or white with a saddle interior, or however you like. If you really want an L88, but can't find one or afford the $100,000 price someone is asking, then build your own. I built an L88 engine for $2500. You can easily build an exact factory replica engine for under $5000 and have 550 horsepower under your hood. Customizing has one rule - make it how you like it. But be prepared for many to give you grief over your choice as it is not "restored". Restoration has many rules and you must adhere to all of them or the car is not restored. Restoration can be very expensive due to the man-hours and expenses incurred. This is part of the reason for the high prices of restored Corvettes. One final thing to remember - matching numbers and date codes do not make a car run better, longer, faster, or anything. It merely means the car is the same as when it left the factory. In many cases, you may find a restored Corvette runs worse than its unrestored counterpart as modern technology in items like tires, brakes, shocks, and so on has advanced for a good reason - the old stuff was not very good compared to today's parts. If you are a history buff wanting to preserve history or an investor who wants to make a buck, then you must ensure the car you buy is restored fully or ensure that you restore it fully to sell. If you are a Corvette enthusiast who desires performance and fun, then restoration is a very expensive path to what can be obtained in many cheaper ways. So What Are Matching Numbers? Many claim matching numbers for their Corvettes but most have no idea what this really means. Once matching numbers meant that the parts were the correct ones for that car. In the case of the matching numbers on the block, including the partial VIN on the stamp pad, this implied originality. A car that had a matching numbers block had the original block. However, there have been cases for several years of counterfeit number pads. Now NCRS does not consider that to be counterfeit, but restoration. So if you find the numbers including the VIN on the engine pad matching, you need a lot more proof that this engine is really original. It may just be a restamp. Buyer Beware!  
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